This is What You Were Born For, plate twelve from The Disasters of War

A work made of etching, lavis, drypoint and burin on ivory wove paper with gilt edges.
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  • A work made of etching, lavis, drypoint and burin on ivory wove paper with gilt edges.

Date:

1810/12, published 1863

Artist:

Francisco José de Goya y Lucientes
Spanish, 1746-1828

About this artwork

In Francisco de Goya’s series The Disasters of War, 10 of the 80 etchings are devoted to piles of dead bodies, aggressively cementing this subject’s narrative importance. Goya seems to have been engrossed in the artistic possibilities that these groupings allowed. The bodies are portrayed in varied compositions and techniques—some with aquatint, some with traditional etching. Some only depict the dead (alternately naked or clothed), and others, like This Is What You Were Born For, mingle the dead and barely alive.

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Artist

Francisco José de Goya y Lucientes

Title

This is What You Were Born For, plate twelve from The Disasters of War

Origin

Spain

Date

1810–1812

Medium

Etching, lavis, drypoint and burin on ivory wove paper with gilt edges

Dimensions

126 x 191 mm (image); 159 x 235 mm (plate); 240 x 340 mm (sheet)

Credit Line

Gift of J. C. Cebrian

Reference Number

1920.1317

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